Despite its name, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed and contains zero wheat; it is nutritious and naturally wheat-free! It has a mild nutty flavour and is highly versatile; it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.


HOW IS BUCKWHEAT GROWN?

Buckwheat is a crop native to East Asia and has been cultivated in China for more than 2000 years! This makes buckwheat an ancient 'grain' despite its recent rise to fame. Although often referred to as a grain, buckwheat, like quinoa and amaranth, is actually a seed or 'pseudo-grain'.

Buckwheats seeds (also known as 'groats') grow on small shrubs and are 3-D triangular in shape with a black hull. Hulled buckwheat has had the outer black layer removed, the resulting grain being yellowish in colour.


BUCKWHEAT BENEFITS

  • Buckwheat is packed full of minerals and vitamins such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, folate, and vitamin B6 
  • Though it can be used in the same way as whole grains such as wheat and barley, buckwheat is naturally free from gluten which makes it a great substitute for people with wheat sensitivities
  • Buckwheat is low GI and won't spike blood sugar levels
  • Just 100g of buckwheat contains 11.7 grams of plant-based protein and 12 different amino acids
  • Buckwheat is rich in dietary fibre which makes them easily digested and keeps you fuller for longer
  •  vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

HOW TO USE BUCKWHEAT

Buckwheat is extremely versatile and can be found in the following forms:

Hulled Buckwheat

Puffed Buckwheat

Buckwheat Flour

Organic Buckwheat (Soba) Noodles

HOW TO COOK HULLED BUCKWHEAT:

Hulled buckwheat makes a great substitute for rice, addition to salads and can even be served as porridge.

  1. Before cooking, rinse under running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Add one-part buckwheat to two parts water or broth. Bring to the boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Once all the water is absorbed, fluff with a fork and serve

RECIPES:

Apple & Buckwheat Muffins https://www.goodness.com.au/apple-buckwheat-muffins

Buckwheat Quiche With Pumpkin, Spinach, Basil, Feta And Cherry Tomatoes https://www.goodness.com.au/buckwheat-quiche

Buckwheat & Four Bean Salad With Turmeric Dressing https://www.goodness.com.au/buckwheat-four-bean-salad-turmeric-dressing

Buckwheat Pancakes https://www.goodness.com.au/organic-buckwheat-pancakes

Warming Buckwheat Porridge https://www.goodness.com.au/warming-buckwheat-porridge

Puffed Buckwheat & Almond Butter Bars https://www.goodness.com.au/puffed-buckwheat-almond-butter-bars